The global food industry is faced with some of the biggest food-safety changes in history. Not only has the U.S. proposed changes in the way food safety will be addressed, but so has Canada, China, India and other countries.
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) issues the first edition of its Food Safety Auditor Competencies on its website. Available for download, the framework is the culmination of three years of work by the multidisciplinary GFSI Auditor Competence Working Group, mandated to define generic food-safety auditor competencies underpinning GFSI benchmarked schemes, and the mechanisms by which they can be assessed and verified.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now accepting comments on the “Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Human and Animals” and “Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits and to Issue Certifications” rules until Jan. 27, 2014.
In bakeries and snack plants, packaging operations are becoming more automated, sophisticated and complex due to new food-safety regulations. We uncover a few advances in metal detection and x-ray technology that are helping to facilitate these food producers’ inspection/detection processes.
On Sept. 26, the two owners of Jensen Farms, were arrested for shipping adulterated food in 2011. The charge was shipping contaminated cantaloupe, which resulted in the death of 33 people and sickened 147 people. The two brothers were arrested on misdemeanor charges of introducing adulterated food into commerce.
From humble beginnings 40+ years ago in a small bakery near Boston to a 30,000-sq.-ft. plant today in Chelsea, Mass., outfitted with four production lines, Golden Cannoli Shells Inc. now generates more than 100,000 cannoli shells each day. The more spacious plant is also allowing the bakery to significantly increase its capacity.